Over 100 Nigerians arrived on Tuesday at the Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, following their deportation from the crisis-ridden Northern African country, Libya. The persons, 111 in number, were deported for “various immigration reasons”.
Muhammad Sidi, Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), urged the deportees to avail themselves of the abundant opportunities in Nigeria, as he received them at the airport.
The Director-General, who was represented by the agency’s South West Zonal Coordinator, Iyiola Akande, enjoined them to consider their return as a challenge and forge a way forward to starting a new life.
He urged them to take into account the trauma and hardship they had gone through in the foreign land.
Mr. Sidi pointed out that whatever efforts or achievements people make in a foreign land, they would still be considered as second class citizens.
“You all should uplift the standard of living of fellow citizens in particular and the technological development of this country as a whole,” he said.
The deportees include 47 men, 52 women, four boys and eight girls.
Mr. Sidi explained that a total of 172 had shown their intention to return home, adding that 61 declined when they were asked to board the flight in Libya.